Caring is a demanding job and it’s one that is full time. It’s not just physically demanding, it’s an emotional battle every day when you are caring for someone close to you, and it is precisely why respite services exist. Carers put all their effort into the support of others and they often forget to support themselves. It is not selfish to need to take a breather from the effort that you are putting in; you’re only human.
No matter how committed to the person that you love you are, you do need to take time to think about yourself and how you could improve yourself. Regular breaks help you to take stock of where you are in life outside of your caring responsibilities, and it also gives the person that you are caring for a chance to do something new.
What is respite care?
Respite care is defined as temporary care that is designed to give you, the carer, a well-earned break. Some carers opt for this temporary care to be in care homes and respite centres, others have the option of choosing 24 hour live in care. Respite care often involves fun day trips and activities that an exhausted carer may not have thought to put together right away.
So, which option is best?
Both 24-hour live in care and care homes/respite centres have their merits, but a live-in care option offers round the clock services in a familiar place. Here, we explore both:
Respite Centre. Being able to see new surroundings and meet new people has its benefits when a person who is cared for is taking a break. It’s a chance to do different things, which can be a breath of fresh air from the usual routine. However, such changes in surroundings can also adversely affect a vulnerable person’s health, particularly when they are affected by short term memory loss and can find transitions confusing and distressing.
24h Live In Care. Live in carers will be in your home all hours of the day, allowing you to live your life in the way that you want, as you want to. It’s an excellent alternative to a care home, which can be overwhelming for a vulnerable person to deal with. One to one support in a live-in capacity rather than live-out can help both carer and cared for person be familiar with the same routines, comfortable with each other and have a companion to talk to. Live in care also alleviates the pressure on family members to have the responsibility of personal care and medications management, when a live-in carer could assist in that department.
Choosing to go ahead with live in care can be a huge relief for couples who have been together for a significant amount of time. Moving one half of a couple into a respite home can put a strain on the other, and this way, everyone is relaxed, happy and able to continue in life as always. Respite care is good for both parties, and live-in care gives that extra peace of mind. Contact us now to find out more.